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The working title of this film was Great Enemy. According to studio press releases, some backgrounds were shot at Fort Bliss, TX. The Variety review notes that this picture marked the first use of a new fine-grain positive film, which was developed by Paramount engineers and produced by DuPont. The process lent a greater richness to the tone of the print. Although ads for the film and the New York Times credit the role of "McNeil" to William Haade, the Paramount production files and other reviews credit Frank Cordell with the role. Cordell is credited on the CBCS with the role of "Sergeant Cord." A news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that the production had to shoot around actress Kitty Kelly when Kelly spent three weeks in the hospital with a back injury. A modern source notes that writer Paul H. Sloane proposed the idea of producing this film to Paramount executives. Sloane's idea was to emulate the story of the studio's successful Lives of a Bengal Lancer and include footage from that film and other Paramount productions in order to make the film for a very low cost. Action sequences in the film also include footage from Wells Fargo, The Plainsman, The Thundering Herd and The Texas Rangers.